Nakisha Mcfadden

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Nakisha Mcfadden – Certificate, Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management; Transfer to Cal Poly Pomona


Nikki McFadden is both a superstar in the kitchen and as an entrepreneur. She is determined to be a successful woman in a male-dominated industry.

Seeing how her creations made people smile, she enrolled in Trade Tech’s culinary program in 2014.  She had a passion for cooking because she can put a smile on people faces. She believes she was groomed to do this by her mother. At a young age she was cooking and helping around the house. She loved her classes and time at Trade Tech. The culinary department was her family and they want every student to succeed.

It wasn’t always easy for Nikki. She came from a single family household and assisted her mom raising her sister. Not only did the Trade Tech program teach her time management, but also leadership, assertiveness, and ask if you don’t know something. The Culinary department introduced her to WCR (Woman Chief Restaurant) where she met some of her current mentors. Not only did she recently graduate with her bachelor’s degree in hospitality from Cal Poly, she is now Executive Chef for Epicurean Eats & Trojan Grill bar-be-que. Does she give back? She has hired students to be chefs at both of her companies.

One of the LATTC superstars.